The wait is (almost) over: Football Manager - the enormously popular management game, notorious for its highly-addictive nature and ability to single-handedly wreck blossoming relationships/ambition to learn a new language/musical instrument - has returned, with the Beta edition of FM 2020 now available to play.
For a bit of fun, we've simulated the game five seasons into the future, and had a look at how Newcastle United are predicted to line up in the 2024/25 season. Click and scroll through the gallery to see the future starting XI, substitutes, and manager...
1. RB: Andrea Conti
Oh, this is a lovely bit of business, and probably a good time to mention that Newcastle have by this point had TWO takeover. One from Kevin McCabe that ended in relegation and a new one from Joe Reed which is going very well. Conti joined for £18.5m, and is flourishing. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images) Photo: Marco Luzzani
2. CB: Eric Dier
Interesting, very interesting. Lured in from Spurs, the England international (worth close to £30m) is now operating as a defender, and doing a fine job of it too. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) Photo: Shaun Botterill
3. CB: Kalvin Phillips
Another big money signing, Phillips is also being played out of position. It's not working well for his though, with an average of just 6.65/10 for the 2023/24 campaign. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images) Photo: Matt King
4. CM: Bruno Guimaraes
Worth £43m, and boasting a 16/20 passing rating and 17/20 for bravery, the Brazilian powerhouse is an absolute unit in midfield. He is, however, prone to picking up the odd yellow card or two. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images) Photo: Lucas Uebel